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Visit Bethlehem On A Trip To Israel

The Pocono Mountains, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, right across the Delaware River from New Jersey, and North of Philadelphia, has been a hotspot for well over a hundred years now. The easiest way to visit Bethlehem is taking a tour, which also includes a Palestinian guide - remember that Israeli citizens cannot enter the West Bank, so you'll be asked to switch transport at the border, and continue your visit with a Palestinian driver and guide.
I didn't in fact make it to Bethlehem for Christmas Eve, I got there a couple of days after Christmas, but it was still one of the most magical days of the Elijah Israel year for me. I don't consider myself religious in the least, but the feeling of being at the very cradle of Western civilization was just incredible.

The harvest tour” offers customers the chance to visit places such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem, visit communities who supply our products from Nablus soap-makers to olive farmers, and some support and advocacy organisations who work on behalf of these communities.
We demonstrate our solidarity by taking bespoke pilgrimages to the Holy Land with the principal focus of seeking God through being in the Land (the 5th Gospel”- St Gerasimus) and engaging with the Christian Communities of the West Bank, Israel and Jordan.

I asked if those were difficult to get, and he replied that no, they were very easy to get, unless, as he put it, you were a bad person.” I told him how surprised I was since the media portrayed the situation as all Palestinians hate Israelis, and vice versa, and he said that was absolutely not the case, it simply made for a more interesting dramatic story, but that the people in general get along very well.
Just north of the city is Jerusalem, another wonderful city to include on your itinerary, particularly if you are interested in history There are plenty of things to do in and around the area of Jerusalem, including visiting the Temple Mount , Israel Museum , the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem , the Biblical Zoo, which is a collection of all the species mentioned in the Bible, and the Old City of Jerusalem.
During periods of religious holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Pesach (Passover) and Ramadan (see below), stay informed of the security situation, follow the advice of authorities, respect local customs and monitor local news reports for changes to checkpoint and border-crossing hours of operation.

Hosh Al-Syrian is a contrast to Banksy's much-publicised Walled Off hotel , which opened nearby in 2017 On my first afternoon in Palestine, I visit its museum Interiors are an uncomfortable mix of lavish British colonial decor and reminders of the occupation.
The "little town" of Bethlehem, mentioned in any number of Christmas carols, attracts pilgrims worldwide on account of its description in the New Testament (and particularly the Gospels) as the Biblical birthplace of Jesus, whom Christians believe to be Messiah and Son of God.

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